Man, I absolutely abhor when bad things happen. Don’t know about you, but it makes me feel powerless, out of control and more than a little fearful. Not to mention the sympathy I have for the victims and their loved ones.
Of course, such is the way of this world. My dad would use the phrase, “the world’s going to hell in a hand basket.”
Not really sure what a hand basket is, but it can’t be good. Sigh.
In light of the tragedy in Boston, I would like to once again encourage all of us to look beyond the events and the fear/sadness/anger that captures all of our hearts to the only source of hope that counts.
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave. Psalm 86:12-13
When we place our hope for things eternal, our hope rests in the One who is constant, who loves us and who saves us from ourselves.
Yes, the world is full of evil, hateful people. However, God’s presence in our lives protects us from the wickedness and secures us in His love.
In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:5-6
There is no guarantee that we will leave this world unscathed by tragedy, heinous crimes, torture, illness, or worse. The guarantee lies in the promise of eternal life with God where evil and pain are no more.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4
Being shocked by the terror of the world lends itself to stifling fear, paralyzing worry and anger that life is not fair. However, knowing the One who is in control frees us to have joy, hope and love in the midst of any situation, circumstance and disaster.
The real question is how do we keep our heads in the REAL game of life?
- Stay in constant contact with God through prayer and scripture reading.
- Do something positive in the world by being an encouragement to others and supporting those in need.
- Keep our eyes on the goal and not on the play by plays of the worldly events.
God hasn’t left us alone. In fact, Jesus TOLD us that we must endure this world before He comes back to end all suffering and bring us home with Him.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going. John 14:1-4
God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of hope in Him, for Him and of Him. We are His servants to spread His love in this world and to live freely with the knowledge that He wins in the end and has ALREADY saved us from the depths of hell.
Now, isn’t that good news?
Trust in God and wait for His deliverance. He promises that He’s coming to make it all right. And that leaves fear and terror in the dust because God is much bigger than any terrorism threat!!!
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 19:23 – The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.